Hoagy Carmichael, the song-writer of “Stardust” and “Georgia,” remembered the first time he heard Louis Armstrong play, in 1921. He dropped his cigarette and gulped his drink. “Why,” he moaned, “why isn’t everybody in the world here to hear that?”Something so unutterably stirring, he knew, had to be heard by the world. And over the next 50 years indeed it was. Louis Armstrong came out of the Colored Waifs’ Home in New Orleans and the honky-tonks of the red-light Storyville... Topics: Ruby Braff, Louis Armstrong, Chris Lydon
Chris chats with the internet philosopher, David Weinberger, on the changing nature of knowledge in today's networked world where the "smartest person in the room is the room". Weinberger's latest book, "Too Big to Think", is on shelves now. Radio Open Source (www.radioopensource.org) An American Conversation with Global Attitute Topics: podcast, interview, David Weinberger, Chris Lydon, Radio Open Source
We speak with the painter, essayist, and recovered academic Daisy Rockwell who uncovers the imagery, the iconography, and visual representations of the war on terror and, indeed, 'Terror' itself. Her latest book is called - appropriately - "The Little Book of Terror" and explores through words and paintings how we live under and depict fear in an age of symbols. Topics: podcast, interview, Daisy Rockwell, Chris Lydon, Radio Open Source
We speak with the celebrated English novelist Jeanette Winterson on her latest book, 'Why Be Happy When You Can be Normal?' Topics: podcast, interview, Literature, Chris Lydon, Radio Open Source, Jeanette Winterson
Kevin Young is the prolific, exuberant, talented poet turned profound prose writer with his latest book, "The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness". He takes us on a conversation - and a tour - of the influences that furnish the mansions of his mind. Topics: podcast, interview, Kevin Young, Chris Lydon, Radio Open Source, poet
In this installment, Chris talks to Harvard astronomer Dimitar Sasselov who is standing at the intersection of astrophysics and biology in the search for extraterrestrial life. Topics: podcast, interview, Dimitar Sasselov, Chris Lydon, Radio Open Source
Christopher Lydon chats with novelist and global citizen Pico Iyer about Iyer's new book "The Man Within My Head". Radio Open Source (www.radioopensource.org) An American Conversation with Global Attitute Topics: podcast, interview, Pico Iyer, Chris Lydon, Radio Open Source
Chris Lydon sits down with the Pullitzer Prize-winning biographer of cancer and cutting edge medical researcher, Siddhartha Mukherjee, and asks him: How fares the land? Mukherjee believes, with a passion, that it's all about innovation - set the people to the task, let them, and we'll get out of any mess. Topics: podcast, interview, Chris Lydon, Radio Open Source, American politics, science, medicine, cancer,...
Christopher Lydon speaks with Marianne Leone Cooper about the passing of her son, and the book she wrote, Knowing Jesse. Topics: Christopher, Chris, Lydon, Marianne, Leone, Cooper, Knowing, Jesse, Radio, Open, Source
byHarvard Law School.s Berkman Center for Internet and Society
A conference at Harvard Law School.s Berkman Center for Internet and Society: May 12, 2006 10:00 - 11:00 Panel I: What the Broadcasters are doing A few broadcasters display and discuss their efforts - the opportunities and obstacles they have experienced - with incorporating, experimenting with, or using participatory and emerging social media tools. Panelists include: David Liroff (WGBH Vice President and Chief Technology Officer), Terry Heaton (President, DONATA. Communication), Bill... Topics: David Liroff, Terry Heaton, Bill Buzenberg, Chris Lydon, media, public broadcasting
As part of our ongoing series "How Fares the Land", Boston University Professor Andrew Bacevich leads us on just how the 'short American century' ended - not with a bang but with a fizzle of ideas and the overstretch of imperial hubris. It is a conversation that investigates our lost ideals and, possibly, how to reclaim them. Topics: podcast, interview, Chris Lydon, Radio Open Source, social democracy, American politics, Andrew...
Radio Open Source talks with the "predictably irrational" behavioral economist uncovering - after a fashion - what makes us tick, what makes us do the silly and inspired things we do, and what makes us choose the 'least-bad' option in our lives. Does Ariely hold the key to understanding the quintessential American condition of narrowing choices in a - still - age of abundance? Topics: podcast, interview, Chris Lydon, Radio Open Source, social democracy, American politics, economics,...
Radio Open Source takes a tour of the Boston sites that inspired David Foster Wallace's "Infinite Jest" Topics: david foster wallace, infinite jest, radio open source, chris lydon, lydon, christopher lydon
Jeff Kleinâs excellent adventure this summer was a mission to Gaza, the Palestinian beachhead between Egypt and Israel, to witness resilience, as he says, amidst horrific destruction. From Jones Hill in Dorchester, Massachusetts, Jeff Klein is a retired machinist and union leader. Heâs an almost regular working-class hero from the heart of the Boston melting-pot, with a highly irregular susceptibility to strangers and suffering, and a need to see things for himself. Chris lydon speaks with... Topics: Jeff Klein, Chris Lydon, Open Source Radio, Brown University, Palestine, Gaza, Egypt
Radio Open Source speaks with the MIT economist Daron Acemoglu. In his new book, "Why Nations Fail" (written in collaboration with James Robinson), Acemoglu identifies deep historical trends and the erosion of openness and inclusivity that originally made societies great and wonders (with us): Is the same thing going to happen to us? Topics: podcast, interview, Chris Lydon, Radio Open Source, social democracy, American politics, Daron...
We catch up with the media critic and guru Jay Rosen for our ongoing series on the degenerative decline of our American social democracy. Jay warns us of the fits and failures of the collective public voice to reason with and question the fabrications we confront. Topics: podcast, interview, Chris Lydon, Radio Open Source, social democracy, American politics, American...
We sit with that noisy Scotsman - and uncannily accurate economic barometer - Mark Blyth, trying to make sense of that Euro Crisis over there and the (chilling) prospect of austerity at home. Topics: podcast, interview, Mark Blyth, economics, politics, Chris Lydon, Radio Open Source
Radio Open Source speaks with the historian Timothy Snyder - channeling his late friend and colleague, Tony Judt - on the shrinking of American social democracy, a.k.a. our historic national tradition of raising people to the middle class and then keeping them there. This is a call to action: what can we do to keep our public - and the values that we declare - open? Topics: podcast, interview, Chris Lydon, Radio Open Source, Tim Snyder, Tony Judt, social democracy,...
We speak with the economist James Galbraith who delivers a startling - and timely - economic indictment of the ruinous financial system (and the inequalities it spins) that has so thoroughly let America down. He frames the crisis in the American Dream with such clarity and purpose - and he can, perhaps, help us find a way out. Topics: podcast, interview, Chris Lydon, Radio Open Source, American politics, financial crisis, James...